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turkey meatballs in a tomato sauce in a skillet

Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce with Burrata

Healthy turkey meatballs simmered in a delicious, homemade spicy tomato basil sauce with creamy burrata cheese. These one pan homemade juicy turkey meatballs in sauce are savory, spicy, creamy and make a delicious weeknight dinner with your favorite pasta or even spaghetti squash!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, One Pan, Paleo Friendly
Cuisine Italian
Keyword healthy turkey meatballs, homemade turkey meatballs, turkey meatballs, turkey meatballs in sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 319 kcal
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (or if GF sub 2-3 tablespoons coconut flour)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or sub dried oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar your favorite pasta sauce (we love tomato basil)
  • 4-6 large basil leaves, julienned
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more if you like it really spicy!
  • 4-6 ounces Burrata cheese (or sub fresh mozzarella), cut into large pieces

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, basil, dijon mustard, italian seasoning, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne and salt and pepper. Mix together until well combined and roll into 16 golf ball sized meatballs.

  2. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add in olive oil. Add meatballs and brown on add sides; this should take about 5 minutes. You don't need to cook them all the way through.

  3. Once meatballs have browned on all sides, reduce heat to medium low and add your tomato sauce. Spoon the tomato sauce generously over the meatballs. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 10-15 minutes while you make your pasta (if making).

  4. After about 10 minutes, add the basil and burrata in the tomato sauce and/or over the meatballs; cover and continue cooking for 5 more minutes or until the cheese has melted into the sauce.

  5. Serve meatballs over grain or pasta of choice. Would also be great over spaghetti squash. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use mozzarella if you don't have burrata.

These turkey meatballs can be frozen two different ways! Check the full post to see how to do it.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce with Burrata
Amount Per Serving (4 meatballs (with 1/4 sauce + burrata))
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 145
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.1g25%
Saturated Fat 6.8g43%
Carbohydrates 14.9g5%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugar 6.3g7%
Protein 32.3g65%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.